The setting:  Bichromial was recorded at Studio Traumwald in northern Massachusetts. All the recording sessions took place late at night; usually beginning around 10:00 PM and running into the early morning hours.  The live room at Studio Traumwald consists of an 11-foot peaked ceiling, stone and barnwood walls, and thick carpeting.  It makes for a beautiful sounding acoustical space.  The element of the late-night black-velvet silence and stillness of the New England countryside makes for a wonderful and inspirational recording environment.

The technical:
 The recording process was very direct; both figuratively and literally. Each of us was close-mic'ed. The mics which were used are as follows.

Microtech Gefell M-930 (my main mic)
Microtech Gefell M-300 (Siegfried's main mic)
Neumann KM-184
Neumann TLM-103

Here is one of the track sheets from the recording session of May 20, 2004.

The microphones were routed through a Sytek MPX-4Aii microphone preamp.  The Sytek was selected for its pristine, pure and uncolored amplification.  From the Sytek, the lines ran into a 24-bit 16-track digital recorder.  No compression or limiting was used; either in the live recordings or during mixdown.  Not using compression or limiting means that the overall volume level of the final CD will be somewhat lower than most other CDs.  However, the beauty of no compression means that the full dynamic range is captured exactly as it occurred in the studio.  Neither was any equalization used; either during the live recording or during mixdown.  No studio tricks; no overdubs.  What the listener hears on the CD is what the performers played and heard.  The only effect which was used was the addition of Kurzweil digital reverb during the final mix. 

The CD was mastered using single-speed glass mastering.  This process is designed to keep all the dynamic range and the frequency response completely intact.  From Studio Traumwald's lush but precise sounding live room, to the 24-bit digital recording process to the final step of cutting the single-speed glass master, the end result is a very beautifully recorded CD.